The latest Maine Poll shows Republican Paul LePage with a slight lead in the race for governor and Democratic incumbents Rep. Chellie Pingree and Rep. Mike Michaud with significant leads – although not quite as large as last month for Pingree – in their re-election bids to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Including voters who may be undecided but are leaning toward a particular gubernatorial candidate, a statewide telephone poll of 605 likely voters sampled Sunday and Monday showed 34 percent prefer LePage. Democrat Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell received support from 29 percent of respondents with independents Eliot Cutler (13), Shawn Moody (6) and Kevin Scott (1). Eighteen percent remain undecided.
The sampling error is plus or minus 4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.
A similar poll two weeks earlier that didn’t tabulate voters leaning toward a particular candidate showed Mitchell (30) and LePage (29) in a statistical dead heat with Cutler at 11 percent. The undecided contingent was 26 percent.
In the Congressional races, Republican Dean Scontras of Eliot made up some ground on Pingree in Maine’s 1st District, rising above 30 percent for the first time to 33. Meanwhile, support for Pingree fell below 50 percent, to 48, with one in five likely voters remaining undecided.
In the 2nd District, Michaud held a 43-30 advantage over Republican challenger Jason Levesque, a gap largely unchanged from a poll two weeks earlier.
Voters also indicated support for Question 1, which would allow a group of investors to build a casino in Oxford County. Fifty three percent indicated they would vote for the casino, 43 percent against and four are undecided.
Another poll released Wednesday, by Rasmussen Reports, shows LePage leading Mitchell, 35-32, with Cutler jumping up to 21 percent. The automated poll did not ask respondents about Moody or Scott and reported only six percent of voters undecided.